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Tag: Travel

7 Jun

John Derian Goes West

John Derian is a treasure.  It’s not that there aren’t many with talent and vision because there are,  the world over.  But Derian...

26 Apr

Meditations #89

We can travel through art — deep into the landscape of a Renaissance master, gracefully along the curve of a calligrapher’s hand,...

23 Feb

Meditations #87

There may be a creeping sameness to the world, but just beneath the monotony lie cultures painted with their own colors and styles. In each...

28 Oct

Meditations #84

She tangled with ghost nets and lost her flipper.  The pain we cause to other creatures, through thoughtlessness and arrogance, is tragic. When...

3 Sep

Meditations #83

      Mankind has opted for monoculture, a desert of boredom. We travel to escape – vertically up a mountain or into the seas’...

18 Aug

Beautiful Bahamas

I always forget just how beautiful, pristine and naturally rich the Bahamas are.  We travel halfway around the world looking for gorgeous beaches...

3 Jul

Dustin Yellin’s Passion

I spent yesterday with Dustin Yellin, arguably one of the most influential contemporary artists around.  His pieces are fascinating –...

29 May

Friday Evenings in New York

  Sol LeWitt’s wall Friday evening, the end of a week of work,  good work that I enjoy. Yet planning travel for people is work...

25 May

Meditations #82

It is there in the eyes of a face different from ours halfway around the globe, in the fingertips of an artisan’s handshake, in the steady...

29 Mar

Meditations #80

When you go, leave your preconceptions behind. Take a wild imagination, dive deep into millennia past and re-envision the future. Travel is...

15 Nov

Well Shod

I have a collection of shoes gathered over the course of many years from around the world. They are exotic, beautiful, charming, odd. That...

3 Nov

Impressions Of Puglia

I have come to this lovely country that runs along the back of Italy’s boot and down its heel, a coastal plain of russet earth planted...

23 Sep

A Restaurant That Is Also An Inn

Francis Mallmann’s Restaurant Garzon is arguably Uruguay’s best restaurant and one of the finest in all of South America.  But...

21 Sep

Meditations #77

A child’s travels begin in the imagination, down the rabbit hole, in Mr. McGregor’s garden, under the floorboards, across a treasure...

7 Apr

The Cotswolds

Each Cotswold village, it seems, is more picturesque than the last, and the rolling countryside that links them, lined with thick hedgerows...

16 Jan

UAE: Dubai and Around

    Burj al Arab profile behind Jumeirah Madinat   One’s impressions of places have so much to do with who you travel with,...

11 Dec

CUBA: Letters To My Sons – #8

Day #8 – So Close and Yet So Far Travel is as much about the imagination as it is about reality. Travel 101, as you all know, is about setting...

9 Dec

CUBA: Letters to My Sons – #6, #7

We have had no internet for the last two days on top of which we have been in the car for long hours on each of them.  One thing you have to...

9 Dec

CUBA: Letters to My Sons – #4

Day 4   What a delicious day!  This place, I will start off saying, is beyond fabulous.  There is more potential here, more latent beauty,...

15 Nov

Parma

Piazza del Duomo An hour and a half by road from Milan is the small, elegant and refined city of Parma.  In this foodie age it is probably...

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Kusama’s piano
Rabbits (huge  French rabbits), squirrels, hedgehogs and beavers all together in this animal cafe
Wonderful Art Deco house built for Prince Asaka’s family in 1933. After the war the Asaka family was demoted to commoner status and the house became a State guest house and now a museum. The demotion of Asaka and other princely families is part of a current discussion regarding the current Imperial succession line which is tenuous. One solution would be to allow females to succeed. Another is to reinstate some princely families to strengthen the succession options
And, finally, the sword guard which a metalworker might spend a year making. Each depicts miniature worlds reflecting the artist’s soul
Next is the hilt, made from a core of magnolia wood, wrapped in the skin of Asian stingray, and then bound with threads, generally In a diamond pattern to provide a firm grip.
I ended my very warm day (94F feels like 104F) in the sleek, cool, new Japanese Sword Museum. Who would have thought it would be so pleasing to the senses?  Here are the sword story pieces In separate postings as the photos look better singly. The katana, with blade curved upward (first photo) was carried by Samurai on horseback. The Tachi, blade curved downward, was carried by Samurai on foot and usually had a groove carved into the blade to lessen the weight.  They are forged, tang and blade, in one piece. These are prize winners from “jewel” steel and signed by Masters.  It is the tip, I am told, that is the most challenging part of the blade to make.